Snoop Dogg Sued Over Sampled Voice Mail

In a lawsuit filed on Monday against rapper Snoop Dogg (real name: Calvin Broadus), a California man claims that his life is in danger because the rapper used a phone message he left in a song tauntin

In a lawsuit filed on Monday against rapper Snoop Dogg (real name: Calvin Broadus), a California man claims that his life is in danger because the rapper used a phone message he left in a song taunting Snoop's rival, rap-mogul Suge Knight. According to papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the man, identified as "John Doe," left a voice mail for Snoop Dogg last October only to learn later that it became part of a song called "Pimp Slapp'd" on the rapper's 2002 album "Paid Tha Cost To Be Tha Bo$$" (Doggy Style/Priority/Capitol).

That message, the plaintiff said, included expressions of support for Snoop Dogg in his "turf war" with Knight, who was released from prison last month after serving two months on parole violations. He previously served five years in prison for assault and federal weapons violations and was released on parole in August 2001.

The suit, which also named Priority Records, Capitol Records, and Doggy Style Records as defendants, also claimed that the plaintiff notified the defendants in January that the recording was sampled without his permission. Doe said that when he asked Snoop Dogg why the recording was used, the rap star replied that he had sampled it because "it was so real."

"Unfortunately it is so real that [the] plaintiff now fears for his life ... Mr. Knight is a burly, convicted felon and is rumored to be involved with gangs, to threaten, assault, and hurt people," the lawsuit said.

The suit, which claims misappropriation of voice and intentional infliction of emotional distress, asks for damages and injunctions against further distribution of the album.

Snoop Dogg recorded for Knight's Death Row Records, but left after the two had a falling out. In the song "Pimp Slapp'd," Snoop taunts Knight over his prison term, claims he's jealous of his financial success, and calls Knight "a bitch." Released in December, "Paid Tha Cost To Be Tha Bo$$" debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 12 on The Billboard 200.

A spokesperson for the record labels was not immediately available for comment. The office of Snoop Dogg's manager referred inquiries to a publicist at Capitol, who was also not immediately available. A spokesperson for Knight had no immediate comment.

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